Giving Tuesday Now: Ideas to Safely Help Your Community
Social distancing does not have to mean social isolation. But it can feel that way, can’t it? The #GivingTuesdayNow campaign reminds us all that we are not alone and that, as always, we are better together. Join the movement on May 5 to send a message of hope and connection.
Each of our daily lives is drastically different than they were just a few short weeks ago. Rather than focus on the differences, or “getting back to normal,” we have opportunities today to infuse hope into our community. What needs have arisen around you?
The thing is, no one has your specific reach. What is going on in your community that you can impact? Use SignUpGenius to join the #GivingTuesdayNow campaign and include your voice and community as we stand together.
Collect Money with an Online Fundraiser
The economic impact of this global crisis on our family, friends and neighbors feels bigger than any of us can fathom. But it is quite true that every little bit helps. Consider raising money to support the unemployed, the hungry or the struggling-but-essential nonprofit. Those who are able are more willing than ever to consider how they can help! Here are some easy ideas to mobilize people with an online fundraiser.
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Mobilize People with Online Sign Ups
With the incredible flexibility and genius (see what we did there?) of our sign up builder, you can ask your group to sign up for practically anything. Any role, task or item donation can be organized with a sign up. Here are some ideas for (safely) gathering people to serve.
- Create a sign up to coordinate sending cards to isolated communities.
- Coordinate a schedule with time slots for meal deliveries, virtual visits to lonely people and more.
- Set up virtual book reading opportunities for children or for the elderly. Make it easy to access video meetings with our Zoom integration.
- Organize a drive-by celebration of a birthday, a job well done, a life.
- Sell special edition T-shirts and ship them to people. You can even sell them to raise money for a great cause.
Connect through Simple Acts of Kindness at Home
What essential workers are impacting your daily life? From hospital custodians to bus drivers, clerics to food suppliers, our community is still abuzz with life and activity, fueling our quality of life. Encourage those who are making the stay-at-home life smoother and find ways to connect with your neighbors. Try one of these ideas.
- Schedule meals for frontline workers with an online sign up schedule.
- Set up a neighborhood sidewalk chalk competition.
- Create a schedule to make sure that an isolated individual is being contacted and encouraged. With an online sign up, we’ll send automatic reminders!
- Organize support of local businesses with gift card purchases.
- Mobilize neighborhood children to create shareable art.
- Those important meetings that your support or therapy group members depend on? They can continue!
Could it be that at the end of this we can emerge more connected, more sympathetic, more human?
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